Second Councillor Resigns From Greens

Dublin City Councillor Bronwen Maher has resigned from the Green Party.

Ms Maher is the second Green Party member to resign this week, after Cork City Councillor Chris O'Leary quit the party yesterday.

Councillor Maher said today that she can no longer support the party leadership's very deliberate change of policy direction.

At a press conference in Dublin, Cllr Maher said it had not been an easy decision before accusing the Green Party of having no top or bottom line and she said its role in Government is ill-defined.

Ms Maher said she would concentrate on getting herself re-elected in the Clontarf electoral area. She confirmed this morning she did not speak to Mr Gormley since sometime after Christmas when he rang her for a favour.

In an open letter to Mr Gormley, Ms Maher said the Green Party had stood for activists protesting against the Poolbeg Incinerator, the M3 and Tara, the Shannon stop-over and the Corrib gas project.

She said the party has traded that role for a weak policy platform, whilst at the same time supporting cuts in health and education, public transport and equality cuts.


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